Staying street smart while travelling in India

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Staying street smart while travelling in India

Most global destinations have mechanisms in place to part a tourist from their money, but besides the pickpockets, touts, beggars and overpriced handloom shops, there are a few scams in India that really are quite unique. If you're a seasoned traveller, or if you remain alert, you will most likely avoid these mishaps. But we're hoping, after reading this article, that you will be able to spot these tricks a mile away, and you will just need to hide your smile when someone tries one out on you. But if you do happen to come across one, remember it is all just part of the adventure; some may even say that its actually half the fun of travelling in India!  ... read more »

#31 Oct 14th, 2015, 06:04
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Yes we had a similar thing happen at a train station in India 5 years ago (can't remember if it was Mumbai, Delhi, Jaipur or Udaipur). I had brought a print out of our tickets, which I had booked directly via the IRCTC...but I hadn't travelled in India for a few years and was a bit rusty (I went to school in India as a teenager). When we got to the train station, ticket in hand, no doubt looking confused, an official looking man told us we had to follow him to the train office to confirm our seats. Both my husband and I were so unsure, but we followed him (& our 2 teenage kids) and he took us across the street (LOL) into his office, "looked up our seats on his computer" and told us they were on wait list (which I knew they weren't) and said we could pay a certain sum (can't remember how much) to have them confirmed by him....At this stage we were like "Oh, I see, this is a SCAM!" and walked back to the station and asked the first nice family we saw, who said "No your tickets are all you need. Just wait here for the train. That man try to take your money."
Now I just laugh about my silliness...but India can be confusing. People everywhere, noise everywhere, hot and dusty...it's like a scammer's delight
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I am currently looking at planning our trip to India, and actually, this scam thread has had me howling with laughter, with some of the antics they will try to get your money. I'll be well on guard by the time we go.
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Originally Posted by rollon2017 View Post I am currently looking at planning our trip to India, and actually, this scam thread has had me howling with laughter, with some of the antics they will try to get your money. I'll be well on guard by the time we go.
Yeah. Just keep on walking and don't give them no mind. Sunglasses and an I-pod can alleviate a lot of the hassle.
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Au contraire, monsieur, it was sunglasses and a hat that got me almost touted by a tout in my own hometown. I was wandering about wearing western clothes (nothing crazy, just slacks and a shirt) and said accessories a week or so ago when I was accosted by this guy who went all "Madam, where going?"

I could almost seeing him rubbing his hands in glee in his own mind thinking he'd found a likely sucker.

Of course, the look on his face when I answered him in pure madras bashai (local dialect of tamil) was priceless.
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Originally Posted by Bayta View Post Au contraire, monsieur, it was sunglasses and a hat that got me almost touted by a tout in my own hometown. I was wandering about wearing western clothes (nothing crazy, just slacks and a shirt) and said accessories a week or so ago when I was accosted by this guy who went all "Madam, where going?"

I could almost seeing him rubbing his hands in glee in his own mind thinking he'd found a likely sucker.

Of course, the look on his face when I answered him in pure madras bashai (local dialect of tamil) was priceless.
See, that's where the I-pod comes in handy. And your a madam so expect more hassle. And in reality I really hardly ever wear sunglasses. It's the I-pod strategy that has always worked. And most of the time I wasn't listening to anything. Just wanted a diversion and be left in peace with no hassles. Plus as you say I'm a monsieur also! That helps.
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